On Thursday, the Earl of Wessex visited a new branch of the Christian children’s charity, Scripture Union (SU). His visit was to celebrate the opening of a new office located in Fox Milne, Milton Keynes.
The Earl was given a tour of the headquarters and facilities. At the close of his visit, he unveiled a plaque. As he revealed it, he said: “Thank you very much indeed for inviting me to come and visit your brand new offices, and I’m delighted the move has been a positive one for what you’re trying to do.”
His Royal Highness received an update on a new campaign called 95, which aims to reach the 95% of children in England and Wales who do not attend church services regularly. The charity seeks to improve, empower, and equip the churches to reach young people across the country. They will do this through training and providing them with resources.
Tim Hastes-Smith, the National Director of SU England and Wales, told Premier.org: “They could be digital models; they could be quite traditional models like sort of missions in the park or on the beach.
“They could be new ways of doing sports, an activity, adopting a mugger in a town centre and working with sports and young people and suing that as an opportunity to make Christ’s love known.”
During his speech, His Royal Highness said about 95: “I wish you the best of luck, not only for your 150th anniversary but also the challenge that you’re trying to do in reaching that 95 percent.
“I have great appreciation for all of the Scripture Union team, for the work that you do and continue to do.”
Hastie-Smith said: “We hugely enjoyed welcoming the Earl of Wessex to Milton Keynes today to officially open our new National office.
“An old friend of Scripture Union, HRH’s passion for work with children and young people, rooted in his leadership of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, was infectious and he loved meeting both our staff and some of the teenagers we work with. We were encouraged that he left excited by SU’s great vision for the future.”